In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Lt. Kevin Boyd provided relief to friends, colleagues and strangers in New Orleans.
When the Coast Guard itself was hit hard by the storm, Boyd helped get food, water and tools to damaged units. And despite the fact that his own house had been damaged, Boyd opened his home to three Coast Guard officers who lost everything in the storm. He even took in a malnourished collie wandering after Hurricane Rita, bathing and caring for it before reuniting the dog with its owner.
Boyd's assistance to fellow Coasties continued well after the storm, as did his efforts to make sure their good work was recognized. In the months following Katrina, Boyd worked long days to make sure 1,300 awards were completed and given to the deserving heroes.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast last year, Lt. j.g. Greg Rogers wasted no time. The Coast Guard reservist, who lives in Miamisburg, Ohio, immediately volunteered to join the rescue efforts. A former Marine and veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Rogers supervised up to 100 personnel and 24 boats while also coordinating with multiple government agencies.
Over his 17-day deployment in New Orleans - often dealing with scared and angry crowds, downed power lines and stifling heat - Rogers' teams managed 53 documented rescues and 277 sorties. He braved polluted waters, going house to house and roof to roof to rescue citizens and provide them with much-needed food and water.